Rugby Library

Closed for Renovation
Rugby Library
1000 Utica Ave. (Near Tilden Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11203
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Library Information

Closed for Renovation

The Rugby library will close at the end of business on Friday March 3, 2017 for a complete renovation.

Service will not be available to the public from Saturday March 4, 2017 to Saturday March, 25 2017, as staff will be moving and setting up technology, collections etc. in  the Trailer located next to the Rugby Library.

Starting Monday March 27, 2017, Library services will be available on-site at our temporary Trailer and will continue until the renovation project is completed. 

The hours of service will be:

Monday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thursday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Friday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 10AM - 5PM

For additional services, you may visit the following nearby libraries:

  • Clarendon, 2035 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11210 
  • Crown Heights, 560 New York Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225
  • East Flatbush, 9612 Church Ave. at Rockaway Pkwy. Brooklyn, NY 11212
  • Eastern Parkway, 1044 Eastern Pkwy. at Schenectady Ave. Brooklyn, 11213


Located two blocks from the childhood home of Jackie Robinson and within walking distance of the world’s first solar-powered home, Rugby Library is a beloved civic institution in East Flatbush. When Rugby opened in 1957, its interior was perhaps the most colorful of any library in New York, with modern furniture in bright reds, yellows and blues. The branch still catches the eye of visitors, including those who attend Story Time and Ready Math, two of its most popular programs.

Branch Contact Person: Robert Nerboso
Program & Events:
Meeting Rooms:

The meeting room is located to the left of the children's room in the rear of the branch. Seating capacity is 45 people. There is no stage or P.A system.

Wheelchair Accessible:
Fully accessible
Friends Group:


If you would like to start a Friends Group here, please contact the branch staff or email

For more Friends information visit the Friends page.